Stratford environmental groups send green challenge to parliamentary candidates - The Stratford Observer

Stratford environmental groups send green challenge to parliamentary candidates

ENVIRONMENTAL groups are uniting to send a green challenge to Stratford’s candidates for parliament.

Led by Stratford Climate Action, fifteen local environmental groups and eco churches have sent a letter to the prospective parliamentary candidates for the Stratford constituency calling on them to pledge to support the Climate and Nature Bill if elected.

Like the 2008 Climate Change Act, the Bill is a non-party political motion, and is already supported by over 130 MPs, from parties across the political spectrum. It is written and supported by many leading scientists and experts, as well as leading organisations such as the Climate Coalition, Friends of the Earth, the Wildlife Trusts, Oxfam, the CPRE and the Zoological Society of London.

Candidates responses will be posted online when they are received at

The Bill would improve on existing legislation, including the Climate Change Act and the Environment Act. It would commit the government to taking measures to give the best chance of limiting emissions to 1.5°C, and to reversing (rather than merely halting) the decline of nature.

It requires quicker emissions reductions, in line with the aim of limiting global heating to 1.5°C, and the swift phasing out of fossil fuels. It ensures workers in the fossil fuel industry will be supported financially, and through a retraining program, as part of a just transition to a more sustainable energy system.

The Bill also emphasises the need for the UK to take account of its overseas impacts, and financial power, as well as the emissions within the UK’s territorial boundaries. By tying the climate and nature crises together, it ensures that measures to address climate change do as little damage to the natural world as possible. And it requires a public voice in the transition, through a citizens’ assembly.

The campaigners are also encouraging members of the public to write in support of the Climate and Nature Bill. They can do this by visiting the Zero Hour website at

Stephen Norrie, chair of Stratford Climate Action, said: “The legislation is important as it would require action at the level scientists say is necessary to limit the damage climate breakdown will cause. It acknowledges that fossil fuels are the problem, and so cuts out the loopholes that are allowing politicians to continue to pretend that we can maximise fossil fuel extraction from the North Sea. It puts a strong emphasis on the recovery of nature, and links this to the climate crisis, which is the biggest threat to the natural world. If enough MPs back it, it will become law, so it’s important our next MP is one of them.’


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